Crewkerne & District


What is the u3a?

The u3a movement is a unique and exciting organisation which invites anyone of any age to join to make the most of their free time, to enjoy interests together and to learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward. 

​Founded in 1982, u3a is a UK-wide collection of locally run groups.  There are 1,039 u3as with over 430,000 members. 

Crewkerne & District u3a started in 1997 and is one of the smaller u3a groups but has a wide range of interest groups, with new groups regularly starting as members decide to share a new interest. Groups are small and friendly who meet, at various venues, to learn more about their chosen subjects, to enjoy being with others who have similar interests or try something new. 

What Happens at Monthly Meetings?

Monthly Meetings are normally held on the First Monday of each month at 1.30pm. at Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, which is the building opposite the GRC adjacent to fields.

We have a speaker and besides interesting talks on a wide variety of topics, the meetings provide opportunities to meet and chat to other members.

We always have tea, coffee and biscuits after the talks and it is an ideal chance to socialise.

Visitors are welcome at the meetings, we do make a small charge to help cover the venue costs

Crewkerne & District u3a has linked with other local u3a groups so you would be also able to attend their speaker meetings

What are Groups?

Groups are an important part of Crewkerne & District u3a giving members the opportunity to get together to learn and share their interests and skills. 

Groups are set up if some members want to share their skills and knowledge, learn something new or continue an interest, hobby or leisure activity. They are run for and by the group members who decide what they would like to do and when they would like to meet, often monthly. You can join as many groups as you would like. 

To see the list of groups and when they meet, please visit the Groups page. Crewkerne & District u3a has also linked to other u3a groups and you would be able to join their interest groups.

We hope that there are groups that interest you, but we are always looking to start new groups so if you have an idea for a group please contact the Groups Coordinator

How do I become a member of Crewkerne & District u3a?

You can join Crewkerne & District u3a now by downloading & completing the Membership Application Form , and  sending it either with a cheque or indicating you wish to make payments by BACS, to Membership Secretary or bring it to a monthly meeting.

To download the application form go to Index, click on information, then membership form

See membership form for charges

How do we communicate with members?

A monthly Newsletter, also called “Keeping in Touch” is sent to members with information about monthly meetings, group information, local events, contributions from members and u3a Trust information. Previous copies of our Newsletter can be read on the web site, see under Information above. The Newsletter is sent by email and we also email members with any useful information. Members who do not use email can ask for a posted Newsletter. 

The u3a Trust also sends members a national magazine Third Age Matters if requested

How is Crewkerne & District u3a managed?

Crewkerne & District u3a is run by members who all give their time on a voluntary basis. A committee is elected at an AGM and, as Trustees, manage and oversee all the activities.

The committee roles are Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Group Coordinator , Events Secretary, Publicity Secretary, Webmaster, Beacon Admin, Committee Members without specific roles . You are welcome to contact the committee members using the contact form.

New committee members are always welcome as new ideas and experience will add to the success of our u3a. If you enjoy being a member of the u3a and would like to support, please consider joining the committee. 

Details of the Crewkerne & District Policies can be seen by clicking on the Information page header or by contacting the Secretary.